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As a new cannabis grow facility began construction in state of Massachusetts, the owners quickly discovered that their cooling and lighting needs would be a huge financial burden on the facility. Instead of bearing the huge electric bills, they teamed up with Energy Choice to find an onsite power generation solution that would work for them.

Energy Choice conducted a full analysis and concluded that a power solution comprised of two 550kW natural gas reciprocating engines could provide enough power to completely meet the power needs of the grow facility. And by collecting the waste heat in the form of hot water and sending it to absorption chillers, the units would be able to produce free cooling to further reduce the electric costs. This solution is called a combined heat and power system, or a CHP.

The 1100kW (gross capacity) and 400-ton CHP system was installed in June of 2018, and it has been operating 24/7 ever since. The system has given the facility electric resiliency by providing all electricity that is needed and keeping the site connected to the utility to be used as backup power. Due to relatively low natural gas costs, electricity is produced by the CHP units for almost half the cost of buying it from the utility. And about 400 tons of cooling is available for no additional cost, which slashes the operational costs of the grow facility and significantly increases profits.

Distributed Generation with Energy Choice

There has never been a smarter time to invest in distributed generation. Today’s low natural gas prices and higher electrical prices make onsite power generation systems a very attractive option for reducing energy expenses. Energy Choice offers turn-key power generation and CHP solutions that provide the best overall value for onsite power generation and have the highest efficiency and quality available.

Energy Choice offers 500kW, 1MW, 1.5MW, and 2MW “power plant in a box” solutions that are ideal for distributed generation or CHP projects. Our systems are fully containerized and our team works closely with the project developers and engine end users to take a holistic approach to power generation. This results in both reduced project implementation time and life cycle costs.